agile monocle

Davide Tarasconi
A minimum viable newsletter about agile as a lens and not as a hammer.
Created 04 Sep 2020
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  • Season 2: Prologue
    22 Mar 2021 • < 1 min read
    Just a reminder: you subscribed to this newsletter because you probably read or wanted to read something interesting about Agile a few months ago. This newsletters drops in “seasons”, like a TV show, ...
  • Season 1: Epilogue
    29 Dec 2020 • 2 min read
    Photo by Simona Sergi This little experiment of mine called agile monocle gathered about 40 subscribers along the way: to all of you, especially those of you who subscribed after “Season 1” was over…t...
  • 🧐 agile monocle S01E07: Experiments
    26 Oct 2020 • 4 min read
    Season 1 of agile monocle comes to a conclusion and today we talk about experiments. The kind of experiments I’m talking about happens all the time on three levels: Experiments on the way of working E...
  • 🧐 agile monocle S01E06: a word (or two) about planning
    19 Oct 2020 • 4 min read
    This sixth episode welcomes you to the land of planning. And whenever we talk about planning we really do have to quote Dwight. “Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” Dwight D. Eisenhower...
  • 🧐 agile monocle S01E05: Have you ever seen good requirements?
    12 Oct 2020 • 5 min read
    So, this fifth episode is about requirements. Which is not, I assure you, a bad word. Since most of you are probably calling requirements with the more agile term “user story”, let’s call them with th...
  • 🧐 agile monocle S01E04: Is data science not agile enough?
    05 Oct 2020 • 5 min read
    Every time a new capability starts to get traction, we automatically fall into the specialization trap: we need teams of specialists and then we don’t know how to integrate these specialists into our ...
  • 🧐 agile monocle S01E03: Have you ever seen too much and not enough metrics?
    28 Sep 2020 • 2 min read
    Third episode, the topic is a huge one, metrics or: how do we measure what we do. I could probably do an entire, seven-episode season on metrics so my approach here will be to fly high and share some ...
  • 🧐 agile monocle S01E02: Have you ever seen just about enough meetings?
    21 Sep 2020 • 5 min read • 2 0
    If I had a penny for every time someone told me “We have too many meetings”… Listen, I get it, but it’s like going to the doctor and saying “Doctor, doctor, my belly hurts!”: what you are describing i...
  • 🧐 agile monocle S01E01: Have you ever seen a small, autonomous, stable, cross-functional team?
    14 Sep 2020 • 2 min read • 3 2
    This first episode of agile monocle turned out to be about dynamics. Team dynamics and organizational dynamics. More often than not agile gets associated with mere mechanics: both Scrum and Kanban off...
  • Launching agile monocle
    07 Sep 2020 • 1 min read
    It started a while ago, by being asked a few times to translate some of my articles in English, and I've always refused: not for the lack of (improvable) skills or time, but from an audience perspecti...
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